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Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now

Slashdot - 4 hours 11 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" -- which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack -- is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack connections, perform man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdrop on communication sent from a WPA2-enabled device. In total, ten CVE numbers have been preserved to describe the vulnerability and its impact, and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the main affected vendors are Aruba, Cisco, Espressif Systems, Fortinet, the FreeBSD Project, HostAP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microchip Technology, Red Hat, Samsung, various units of Toshiba and Ubiquiti Networks. A list of the patches available is below. For the most up-to-date list with links to each patch/statement (if available), visit ZDNet's article.

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Report: Apple entered deep acquisition talks w/ health clinic startup as it mulls entry into primary care

9to5Mac - 4 hours 27 min ago

Top image: Conan pokes fun at congressman’s iPhone/healthcare argument with mock ‘Apple Healthcare’ ad

According to a new report from CNBC, Apple entered “deep” talks with Crossover Health about an acquisition. The move comes as Apple continues its push into healthcare and Crossover Health is a startup that provides on-site medical care to a number of employers.


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Open Thread: Everything’s Bolder in This (Mal)Administration…

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 49 min ago

In a terse letter to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) — leaders of the House oversight committee — President Donald Trump’s congressional liaison Marc Short declined to indicate whether any administration officials had used personal email accounts or messaging services, despite reports suggesting such communications were common in the West Wing.

“The White House and covered employees endeavor to comply with all relevant laws,” Short wrote in a two-page reply delivered late last week and obtained Monday by POLITICO.

Short’s statement comes despite recent revelations that several senior aides to President Donald Trump routinely used private email addresses and personal devices for government business. Among the current and former aides who POLITICO found at least occasionally relied on private email addresses were Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Gary Cohn and Reince Priebus.

In a similarly brief letter, Short also declined to provide records in response to a separate inquiry by Gowdy and Cummings into the use of costly private air travel by top administration officials.

The White House’s limited responses set up a potential confrontation with Gowdy, a hard-nosed prosecutor with subpoena power and a track record that includes sharp criticism of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state. Cummings said last week that he hoped the committee would subpoena any information that the White House declined to provide, as have other Democrats…

Anybody want to bet that Witchfinder Gowdy will take more than a token interest in Lawyer Short’s curt dismissal of his mighty prosecutorial powers?

At least now we know why so many high-ranking Repubs have suddenly started wringing their pale plump hands over the reckless, out-of-control Trump cartel’s totally unprecedented “takeover” of the GOP — suddenly it’s in the Party’s interests to pretend they had nothing to do with this gang of thieves and con artists. Shocked! they are shocked! that there might be gambling going on in their personal branded casino!…

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Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?

Slashdot - 4 hours 51 min ago
snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches -- IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. "It can be hard to admit that you've lost control over how your organization deploys technology, or that your network is porous and your code poorly written. Or no matter how much bandwidth you've budgeted for, it never quite seems to be enough, and that despite its bright promise, the cloud isn't the best solution for everything." What are some hard truths your organization has been dealing with? Tynan writes about how the idea of engineering teams sticking a server in a closet and using it to run their own skunkworks has become more open; how an organization can't do everything in the cloud, contrasting the 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Gartner six years ago who believed they'd be running most of their IT operations in the cloud by now; and how your organization should assume from the get-go that your environment has already been compromised and design a security plan around that. Can you think of any other hard truths IT must learn to accept?

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New survey shows CarPlay support becoming a ‘must have’ for many iPhone users

9to5Mac - 5 hours 17 min ago

Since its release three years ago, CarPlay has been gradually expanding with more car manufacturers signing on to support the feature every year. Now, a new report from Strategy Analytics offers a bit more information on consumer interest in CarPlay…


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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1508192587

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Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss

Slashdot - 5 hours 31 min ago
Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to say that it plans to appeal. While $440 million isn't a lot of money for Apple, there's principle at stake here: VirnetX is a patent troll that makes its money from licensing patents and suing other parties. The company's SEC filing states, "Our portfolio of intellectual property is the foundation of our business model."

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Reefer Madness- Not Only Insane, But Literally Killing People

Balloon Juice - 5 hours 44 min ago

This should surprise NO ONE:

Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

“After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar.

The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014.

While numerous studies have shown an association between medical marijuana legalization and opioid overdose deaths, this report is one of the first to look at the impact of recreational marijuana laws on opioid deaths.

Marijuana is often highly effective at treating the same types of chronic pain that patients are often prescribed opiates for. Given the choice between marijuana and opiates, many patients appear to be opting for the former.

From a public health standpoint, this is a positive development, considering that relative to opiates, marijuana carries essentially zero risk of fatal overdose.

The reason it is important to separate “medical” marijuana and recreational marijuana usage is that “medical” marijuana is a lot of the time shit, and second, those being perscribed medical marijuana are probably a small subset of the population and in such bad shape they are probably also on other pain pill regimens.

Regardless, this is a good thing, and why the lying murderous fucks in big Pharma and the people they have paid off oppose legal marijuana.

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Apple Watch credited with helping detect lung blood clot that otherwise ‘would have been fatal’

9to5Mac - 6 hours 4 min ago

Apple has long marketed the Apple Watch as a health device and today we’re seeing yet another instance of the device being put to good use. 28-year-old Apple Watch user James Green tweeted over the weekend that the “stupid lil wrist computer” saved his life.


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Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word

Slashdot - 6 hours 11 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the bug today. According to Kaspersky, "the exploit is delivered through a Microsoft Word document and deploys the FinSpy commercial malware." The company worked with Adobe to get a patch ready as quickly as possible, with Adobe releasing it a few hours ago. Users and agencies running the following versions of Adobe Flash will need to update immediately, as the vulnerability has been labeled as critical. The patch updates all versions of Adobe Flash to version

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Trump Blames 'Generals' For Telling Him Obama Didn't Call Family Members

Crooks and Liars - 6 hours 45 min ago

When held accountable by the press for claiming Obama didn't call family members of our fallen soldiers, Trump blamed his military generals for telling him so.

Earlier in the Mitch and Trump presser this afternoon, Trump was asked why we haven't heard anything from his administration on the deaths of four U.S. Green Berets, Trump lied and said President Obama and other presidents didn't call family members of our fallen troops.

This is obviously false.

NBC's Peter Alexander, knowing the truth asked this about ten minutes later.

"Earlier you said President Obama never called families of fallen soldiers. How can you make that claim," the NBC reporter said.

Trump stammered and said, "I was, I was told he didn't often and a lot of presidents don't, they write letters. - Excuse me Peter. I do a combination of both. Sometimes it's a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both."

How f**king difficult is it to take a few minutes out of your golf game or your Fox news viewing and pay your respects to families that have suffered the ultimate loss? What a cretin.

And can the man speak English?

"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't. I don't know, that's what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals," he replied.

So what "generals" told him President Obama never contacted any family members of our fallen soldiers? I'll bet it is none. And I'll give you odds.

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Proof of Life: Pics from the Seattle Meet-Up

Balloon Juice - 6 hours 49 min ago

From first-class party promoter Casey L:

The Seattle BJ Meetup was terrific, except that the Guest of Honor, Yutsano, apparently went to the wrong Elliott Bay Brewery. There is more than one, and we were at the one in Burien; possibly our Absent Host went to the one in Lake City :(

We did have a good turnout- 12 people! – and I’ve attached some photos. Maybe you’ll get more from other attendees.

In the first photo, from right to left:

Beautifulplummage, Bonnie, Filbert, Lurker1, Lurker2, HG Wolf (Heidi), Connie (Bonnie’s twin sister), and part of MikeJ’s face

Left to Right: HG Wolf, Connie, MikeJ, and Bumper

That’s me, CaseyL, on the left.

A couple latecomers, Susan and Roger (The Lodger).

We had a great time, but are really sad Yutsano wasn’t there. Hopefully next time!

Good-looking crew — thanks, Casey!

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Daily Deals: $130 Powerbeats3 headphones, up to $500 off iMac, and more

iDownloadBlog - 6 hours 50 min ago

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1508185386

AGR Manet - 7 hours 18 min ago
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